WEEDING OUT INFESTATIONS

$683,681 Federal Government funding announced toward combating local priority weeds in Glen Innes Severn Council area: This project aims to assist local landholders and primary producers on two fronts. Firstly, the project will support landholders in identifying new and emerging weeds introduced via livestock fodder imported from other regions and interstate during the drought and, where required, employ local contractors to control the infestations at no cost to the landholder. Secondly, the project aims to reduce the environmental and economic impact of weedy grass species through roadside control programs including Coolatai Grass (Hyparrhenia hirta), Whiskey Grass (Andropogon virginicus), Giant Parramatta Grass (Sporobolus fertilis) and Bahia Grass (Paspalum notatum) which have the potential to invade roadsides and neighbouring pastures, reducing biodiversity and productivity.